happens“There are some wounds unreachable by words, some sins immune to apology.

Amy Hatvany always seems to be in touch with the pulse of society, and able to turn what is happening into one of her best-selling novels. In IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME (Atria), Amy tackles the issue of sexual abuse and turns it upside down, sideways and all around. With her subtle prose and compassion, she reveals the ultimate fallout from betrayal.

Tyler Hicks knew Amber Bryant was something special the very first time he laid eyes on her. His family moved to her town in his senior year of high-school and soon after his parents’ divorce, Tyler and his mom became part of the Bryant family. They spent the holidays together, leaned on one another during difficult times, including when Amber struggled with her eating disorder and she felt Tyler was the big brother she never had. But as they grew up and Tyler became the “big man on campus,” and Amber blossomed into a beautiful young woman, Tyler couldn’t accept the fact that Amber continued to consider their relationship strictly platonic.

After senior year of college, Amber moves back home, but now she’s engaged to Daniel. Tyler freaked out after learning Amber was seeing him while she was away at college, and they had a fight. They haven’t talked to one another for months, but Tyler’s still obsessed with her and hopes they’ll end up together.

One night after partying and drinking too much alcohol, things get out of control and boundaries are crossed. Soon Amber’s depression kicks back in and life takes a dangerous turn.


Amy was born in Seattle, WA, the youngest of three children. She graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Sociology only to discover most sociologists are unemployed. Soon followed a variety of jobs. In 1998, Amy finally decided to sell her car, quit her job, and take a chance on writing books.

The literary gods took kindly to her aspirations and THE KIND OF LOVE THAT SAVES YOU was published in 2000 by Bantam Doubleday. THE LANGUAGE OF SISTERS was picked up by NAL in 2002. (Both were published under her previous last name, Yurk.)


You can contact Amy on Facebook, her website  or twitter @amyhatvany


IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME will be published March 28th. Thanks to @BookSparks we received an advance copy to review. Make sure you contact your local independent bookstore or go on-line and pre-order your copy.

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